Do you have batteries in your network? Do you rely on these batteries to power your mission-critical network equipment? Or are they a backup fail-safe for when your primary power goes down?
No matter how you use your batteries, one thing is certain - unmonitored battery cells are a big problem waiting to happen. When the uptime of your network hinges on the viability of your batteries, you can't afford to take any chances.
Battery management for improving network reliability
What does it take to monitor your battery cells? Fortunately, not a whole lot. At the most basic level, a simple device that can monitor voltage in your battery strings can inform you of some issues with your battery cells.
The BVM 48 G2 battery voltage monitoring device.
However, a system like this has its limitations. If you really want to protect your network uptime, you'll want a battery management system that can offer you more.
Here are some essential features you should look for in a battery management system:
- Web Interface
A device with a web interface will present you with powerful network management tools. Instead of driving all the way out to your site to configure or manage your device, you can do it right from your desk. This can save you on fuel costs and expensive man-hours.
You may be a large company with an enterprise-grade SNMP manager, but a web interface lets you drill down when you need to. An intuitive and easy-to-use web interface is head-and-shoulders above any other method to manage your battery monitoring.
- Continuous Voltage Reading
Your battery voltage monitoring equipment needs to provide you with continuous voltage readings. Without regular monitoring or at least control over the sampling rate, a problem can linger for too long before you're notified.
That's why sampling your batteries at too long of intervals can be so problematic. Your battery cells can easily become fully discharged between lengthy interval readings, which means you risk losing power at your sites and won't have any idea until the entire site suddenly goes dark. With real-time monitoring and customizable interval samples, you can be assured you'll know about these kinds of emergencies before they bring down your mission-critical network equipment.
- Accurate Voltage Measurement
If your battery voltage monitor can't accurately measure voltage and temperature, then you might as well have no monitoring at all. An effective battery monitor will be able to provide you with accurate readings within 1% of the actual value. With an accurate battery monitor, you can be assured that you truly know the status of your batteries.
- Versatile Notifications
When it comes to monitoring your batteries - and therefore protecting your uptime - you want true flexibility. Having the capability to receive 24/7 notifications in a variety of ways let's you stay one step ahead. A good battery management system will offer multiple methods to alert you (email, SMS text messages, etc).
Even if you have a 7x24 NOC (Network Operations Center), receiving on-the-fly and mobile notifications can keep you one step ahead of preventable outages. Look for a battery monitor that can alert you via emails, SMS text messages, paging, etc. With flexible alerts that can notify you out of the office, you know you'll never be left in the dark.
The BVM 48 G2 battery monitoring device.
The BVM 48 G2 - For Superior Battery Management
When it comes to managing your battery cells, you can't risk your critical power supplies to an inferior battery monitor. Top-notch battery management tools will give you the edge in protecting your uptime.
With the BVM 48 G2 in your network management arsenal, you'll now have a rock-solid foundation to ensure that your network will always have power. No longer will a bad cell or a fully dispatched string bring your network to a screeching halt.
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